You are jealous – Tinubu slams Obasanjo, says Obi’s endorsement is poison

January 5, 2023
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January 05, (THEWILL) – Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over his endorsement of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, describing it as “poison.”

Tinubu spoke on Thursday, at the APC presidential campaign rally held at the University of Benin Sports Complex in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

THEWILL reported that the former President had in an Open letter to Nigeria on Sunday, endorsed Obi as his preferred candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

He said his endorsement of Obi stemmed from his proclivity to listen to advice and a better choice compared to the other candidates.

“None of the contestants is a saint but when one compares their character, antecedent, their understanding, knowledge, discipline and vitality that they can bring to bear and the great efforts required to stay focused on the job, particularly looking at where the country is today and with the experience on the job that I personally had, Peter Obi as a mentee, has an edge. Others, like all of us, have what they can contribute to the new dispensation to liberation, restoration and salvaging of Nigeria collectively.

“One other important point to make about Peter is that he is a needle with thread attached to it from North and South and he may not get lost,” he said.

But, in his direct reaction to the endorsement, Tinubu alleged that Obasanjo was on a vendetta mission.

He said the former President frustrated his effort to solve the electricity crisis when he was Governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007.

His words: “One of the hardest and the greatest problems, I, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, brought the Enron project to this country to help the over-centralisation and the diversion of our money, what did they do to it?

“They punished me as Lagos State Governor, not personal punish (sic) but the entire Lagos State was punished,” Tinubu said with reference to ex-President Obasanjo.

He accused the former President and his team of stealing money meant for power.

“I created an additional job to create opportunities for those who I worked with for years, as account treasurer, account clerk… To give them the opportunity… Obasanjo, instead of expansion, he wants contraction, he stopped it, seized our Local Government money, our salaries. What level of wickedness is that?”

While asking the crowd if they could call the person, who seized public money “a good man or a wicked man”, he frowned at the endorsement of Obi saying, “If he says he endorses somebody for you, no be (it is) poison he wants to give you?”

Tinubu, who claimed that Obasanjo is envious and jealous of his achievements an popularity, said: “I brought the electricity company all the way from America, paid for necessary, little fundamental things before you put on necessary machines, Obasanjo saw it, he was jealous.”

While noting that “It is time to eliminate darkness,” he further accused Obasanjo of taking “our money, and started punishing us by deductions every month.”

He alleged that “They spent $16 billion and they did not generate electricity for popcorn.

“Ever since they come, they share the company, they call one generation, they call the other one distribution, the other one transmission but stealing your money, picking your pockets.

“Can that man recommend a leader for you in Nigeria? Is that not an agent to pick your pocket?

“A blind leading the blind. I’m sorry I’m not insulting you medically impaired people but it won’t work, they will end up in the ditch.

“If I talk about Obasanjo and Obi and you think they are human beings, one who doesn’t know the way cannot show the way,” he said.

The former Lagos State Governor also attacked his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, for claiming to have made his money from car business even when he was a custom officer.

He accused Atiku of being unfit to be president saying, “A Custom Officer, who can not define the ethics of the civil service profession; a civil servant, who says selling a car, being a car dealer is where he made his money, he didn’t know that the only thing a civil servant can do is the agriculture.

“Not car dealer, not car smuggling, that’s disqualification, he is not fit to be president.”

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